Forgot about the details of an investigation involving a man who had bought the most expensive residence in NZ
Only last month, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key publically apologized to Kim Dotcom, explaining that the mistakes carried out by the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) leading up to and during the January 20 raid on his Coatesville, NZ home was “appalling.”
“Of course I apologize to Mr. Dotcom. I apologize to New Zealand,” Mr. Key said. “I am personally very disappointed that the agency failed to fully understand the workings of its own legislation” when conducting surveillance of Dotcom in the period before his arrest.
Now, however, Mr. Key confirms that he sat in on a debriefing meeting with the GCSB on February 29, during which the state’s spy agency discussed details of the mission.
Mr. Key admits to attending the meeting, but blames “brain fade” for forgetting the actual events of the encounter. A Government Communications Security Bureau review now confirms that the prime minister was put in the know only weeks after Dotcom was arrested, and right at the start of a case that the defendant calls “politically motivated” and appears to be weakening by the moment.
“A paper prepared as talking points for the staff member conducting a presentation contained a short reference to the Dotcom arrest a few weeks earlier, as an example of cooperation between the GCSB and the police,” the GCSB investigation appeals.